It started as a joke

Here’s our attempt at a re-post. A little history about the joke now known as Daylight Saving Time.

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Today on High Street people are a little testy.  We were robbed of an hour of sleep last night.

Some people think Ben Franklin is responsible for the concept of Daylight Saving Time but, it turns out, he was just kidding.

Back in 1784, Franklin was living in Paris and wrote a satirical piece explaining that Parisians could save a lot of money on candles if they woke up before noon. Here’s alink to Franklin’s article.  As he pointed out, people were squandering a large part of the day when the sun provided light for free.

Franklin presented a four-part solution to force everyone out of bed at sunrise: 1) taxing shutters, 2) placing limits on candle purchases 3) imposing a curfew, and 4) waking up sluggards by ringing church bells and if more was needed — firing off cannons at dawn on every…

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